LexPhil’s PB&J Concert Series Takes Flight at Music Builds Exploration!

Concerts at Aviation Museum of Kentucky in Lexington, KY
and at the Hummel Planetarium at EKU in Richmond, KY

LEXINGTON, KY – The next concerts of the Lexington Philharmonic’s 2017-2018 Peanut Butter & Jelly Concert Series take place Saturday, March 3rd at The Aviation Museum of Kentucky and at the Hummel Planetarium, in Richmond, KY. Music Builds Exploration!  will be presented at 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM at The Aviation Museum, and at 2:00 PM at the Hummel Planetarium. Following each half-hour PB&J concert, children will have the opportunity to try out instruments from each of the instrument families at LexPhil’s Instrument Petting Zoo enjoy PB&J sandwiches with their families.

Music Builds Exploration! is an energetic and interactive 30-minute concert featuring a LexPhil Brass ensemble performing the much-loved music from films such as Star Trek, Star Wars, and Guardians of the Galaxy, interspersed with classical works. At the Aviation Museum, attendees will be allowed to explore and play on the many planes and other aviation related items on display at the family- friendly museum. At the Hummel Planetarium on EKU’s campus, attendees will enjoy the music with the added enhancement of images from space projected within the dome of the planetarium. Both concerts are designed to incite a natural curiosity for both music and the wonders of space exploration.

“For many children, the PB&J concert is their very first concert experience. We’re committed to providing experiences that are engaging, educational, and fun, incorporating music that is both familiar and not, so that children from a very young age start to build positive associations with the art form,” says LexPhil Education Coordinator, Chase Miller. “We’re thrilled to bring this programming to two incredibly unique venues that both deeply enrich the experience for the children and their families!”

This season, LexPhil’s Peanut Butter & Jelly Concert Series is hosted by locations with strong cultural and historical ties to Kentucky. LexPhil is excited to present several concerts during spring 2018. On Saturday, April 28, LexPhil will present Music Builds Literacy! at the Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center in Lexington, KY at 10:00 and 11:00 am. Saturday, May 12th, LexPhil closes the 2017-18 PB&J Season with an outdoor concert, Music Builds a Beat! featuring a percussion ensemble at Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate at 10:00 and 11:00 am.

LexPhil’s PB&J Concert Series, sponsored by The J.M. Smucker Company, is designed within the larger framework of LexPhil’s Music Builds education programs. Music Builds is based on the national STEAM movement, which emphasizes the importance of integrating the Arts into Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education (STEM + Arts = STEAM). By using repertoire from both popular films and the classic canon, LexPhil is able to engage young audiences with music that they are familiar with and encourage lasting connections.

Tickets for PB&J Concerts are $5 for the Aviation Museum, both in advance and at the door. Tickets for the Hummel Planetarium show are $7 each. To purchase tickets, please contact the Lexington Philharmonic at 859.233.4226 or visit lexphil.org. Tickets are also available for purchase at the door.

The mission of the Lexington Philharmonic is to foster excellence and innovation in the performance and presentation of great music; to enrich the lives of our diverse citizenry; to educate current and future audiences and to bring distinction to our community through the orchestra’s presence and standing. Through LexPhil’s four core values of artistic excellence, innovation, collaboration and accessibility, LexPhil will continue to move forward, artistically and purposefully, providing world-class musical experiences and impactful educational opportunities for the Bluegrass Region and beyond.

Now in his ninth season with the Lexington Philharmonic, Music Director and Conductor Scott Terrell has led the orchestra in a significant transformation to align with the organizational values of artistic excellence, collaboration, innovation and accessibility. Scott is passionate about engaging the broadest possible community in music as listeners, musicians, composers and advocates. Through LexPhil collaborations with high schools, colleges and youth performing arts groups, Scott dedicates time and energy to educating emerging musical artists. His programming has expanded the orchestra’s repertoire and enhanced the national reputation of the organization through commissioning of new music, multi-media and interdisciplinary projects and international guest conducting.

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All Lexington Philharmonic programs are made possible through the generous support of LexArts. In 2017-2018, the Lexington Philharmonic will receive a total of $170,000 in unrestricted support.       

LexPhil’s 2017-2018 Season is presented by the Dupree Initiative for Innovation, funded by the tremendous generosity of Thomas and Ann Todd Dupree.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, provides operating support to the Lexington Philharmonic with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Saykaly Garbulinska Foundation, funder of the Saykaly Garbulinska Composer-in-Residence Program, generously brings renowned composer Chris Brubeck to work with the Lexington Philharmonic for the 2017-2018 season.

Special thanks to the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government for its continued partnership in ensuring a flourishing future for the arts in Lexington and central Kentucky.